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Kynance Cove on the rugged Lizard peninsula


  • The best of Cornwall’s south coast from Falmouth via the Lizard to Marazion.
  • Traditional Cornish cream tea of scones, jam and clotted cream.
  • Reaching the Lizard, the most southern point on UK’s mainland.
  • Tropical and colourful gardens of Trelissick & Glendurgan.
  • Explore iconic St Michael’s Mount, a pilgrimage site full of myths & legends.

A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Cornwall’s south coast. Follow trails along coastal routes, through the famed gardens of Trelissick and Glendurgan to the rugged Lizard peninsula and the iconic St Michael’s Mount in Marazion.

Take local ferries that link peninsula’s jutting out into the Atlantic and walk through coves and beaches whilst viewing sparkling turquoise seas. At every turn you see ancient churches and areas steeped in history with legends of smugglers and pirates.

Stop for gourmet pub lunches or delicious cream teas in fishing harbours and have your camera at the ready as you walk through the surrounding breath-taking scenery and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as the Roseland Peninsula.

Day 1: Arrive Falmouth & overnight

Arrive in Falmouth, a bustling seaside town. Shops, cafes and restaurants line the streets and there are many local beaches near the town for a relaxing stroll.

Overnight: Falmouth

Day 2: Ferry to Trelissick Gardens, walk to St Mawes, ferry to Falmouth.

Today takes advantage of the great ferry system in and around Falmouth. First board a ferry from Falmouth to the wonderful Trelissick Gardens, perched at the head of the Fal Estuary. After exploring here take another very short ferry ride to Philleigh on the St Mawes side of the Fal River and then walk down the Roseland Peninsula via the beautiful 13th century church of St Just in Roseland to St Mawes, from where you board a ferry for the short ride back to Falmouth.

Walk: 9.5 miles

Overnight: Falmouth

Day 3: Transfer to Trebah Garden, walk to Coverack

A transfer of about 20 minutes, brings you to Trebah, worthy of exploration with its valleys of  incredible gardens. Make your way down to the coast,  where you will join the South West Coast Path. At Helford Passage board a ferry for the short ride to Helford and from here make your way inland eventually linking up again with the South West Coast Path, a few miles before arriving in Coverack.

Walk: 11 miles

Overnight: Coverack

Day 4: Walk Coverack to the Lizard

From Coverack you will mostly be following the trails of the South West Coast Path  further down the rugged Lizard peninsula and you will pass through places with quirky names such as the Devil’s Frying Pan, the Oxen, and the Balk! This area has a rare geology that creates a haven for exceptional plants and flowers. Head inland to the village of Lizard where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Walk: 9 miles

Overnight: Lizard

Day 5: Lizard Loop Walk via Kynance Cove

After breakfast take a loop walk from Lizard first to the most southern point on the UK’s mainland. Then head north and through the National Trust beach of Kynance Cove. If the sun is shining you can also relish the turquoise colour of the sea.

Walk: 8 or 6 miles

Overnight: Lizard

Day 6: Transfer to Marazion. Free time explore St Michael's Mount.

Today after breakfast a short transfer will bring you to the lovely little town of Marazion, home to iconic St Michael’s Mount. Today is free to explore this castle and island. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims and walk across the causeway or take a ferry boat where you can discover this castle full of myths and legends.

Overnight: Marazion

Day 7: Marazion loop walk via Perranuthnoe

Your walk today begins from Marazion and takes you through the Parish of Perranuthnoe, a small and ancient village. The trail follows footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes in the surrounding countryside and from where you can also see coastal views.

Walk: 10.5 miles

Overnight: Marazion

Day 8: Onward travel

Make your way to Penzance, which has direct trains to London.


You will stay in a mixture of carefully chosen B&B’s, small hotels and guest houses.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

We welcome solo walkers on this trip although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.


A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or in nearby pubs or restaurants

We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available.




Greenbank Hotel - Falmouth

Greenbank Hotel - Falmouth

This hotel is set in an enviable position, with an idyllic seafront location on the harbour. It dates from 1640 and is a fascinating collection of beautifully restored buildings.







Boak House - Coverack

Boak House is a friendly and welcoming B&B in the heart of Coverack, with stunning panoramic views from every room, including the dining room and conservatory. Every room is very comfortable and with free WiFi.







Atlantic House - Lizard

All rooms in this delightful B&B are bright and sunny, with elegant decor and heavenly beds with plump feather pillows. They offer a nice Cornish breakfast and free WiFi.







St Michael's B&B - Marazion

St Michael’s B&B is a great place to unwind and relax. All the rooms are elegantly furnished and in a contemporary cool design. It is nestled in the ancient market town of Marazion along the main street.





This trip is available to start on any day of the week from April to October.

Time of Year

This tour can be enjoyed from April to October and you can start on any date that suits your travel plans. Spring and Autumn/Fall are great because it is quieter on the paths.

Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded as moderate. Most of the walks are along coastlines and so do include elevations and losses as you walk up and down to the cliffs from the beaches. Walking inland at times will be more rolling and not as challenging.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

When walking on the South West Coast Path the route is well way marked and easy to follow. However for all the walks we provide comprehensive route notes, OS maps and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which enables you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS. Using this combined with the provided route notes and maps you should have no problems finding your way.

Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Falmouth

You can reach Falmouth from London by train which takes about 5 hours and involves one change in Truro. For more information on train times and schedules please visit the Traveline website.

It's also possible to fly into Newquay Airport which is served by Flybe British Airways, Aer Lingus, etc. However it is quite time-consuming and you will need to take a bus/train combination to get to Falmouth (an approx 2H45 journey). Again please see the Traveline website for details.

Getting from Marazion

The best way to travel from Marazion is to  take a taxi (about £10-15 and takes 5 minutes) or a local bus (about £2 and takes 10 minutes) to Penzance Train Station. There are trains to London from here which take between 5 and 6 hours, depending on whether they are direct or not.  It is possible to fly out of Newquay Airport. The journey takes 3 hours on a combination of train/bus.

Information on trains and buses may be found on the Traveline or National Rail websites.


  • 7 Nights in B&B’s, small hotels and guesthouses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Detailed Information Pack, route notes and map
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support


  • Travel to Falmouth
  • Travel from Marazion
  • Local ferries
  • Dinners & lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance


  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Single room supplement if single room required.
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded as moderate. Most of the walks are along coastlines and so do include elevations and losses as you walk up and down to the cliffs from the beaches. Walking inland at times will be more rolling and not as challenging.

How far in advance do I need to book?

As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Cornwall is extremely popular, especially during the summer months. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

This Cornwall itinerary is very enjoyable at any time between April and October , although it is particularly lovely in late spring and early Autumn.

How do the baggage transfers work?

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

Very disappointed in macs adventure


We were very disappointed in Mac's Cornwall trip. I have taken numerous trips with both Mac and competitors and I have never had such a negative experience with respect to a self guided hike. We were provided with mattress size maps (not waterproof as one might expect being in England/Scotland) with no indication of the route to take. Separately, we were provided with "turn by turn" instructions which in general bore no resemblance to reality. Sample directions included go through open gate, crossover stream. Well there are a lot a lot of open gates and streams in England. Moreover, given that these instructions seem to be years old, the gate may not exist or be closed. Obviously, this is just one example of this type of instruction. The best was when we are told to drop down into "villages", without ever being told the name of the villages we were seeking. However, probably my greatest complaint is the actual route was never traced out. The map was separate from the turn by turn instructions and no picture or visual indication of the route was provided. We ended up walking on the road for most of the journey over the first couple days and used concierge services to find a nice walkable trail for the remainder of our time. On the positive side, the accommodations were delightful and we were very satisfied with them. However,support for hiking was worse than useless, which of course was our primary purpose in using these services. It appears that no one actually reviews the package of materials from the client perspective before it is sent and it is just pulled off the shelf and thrown out there.


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